Why do cats sleep so much?

Cats will sleep away roughly two thirds of their lives. How can an animal sleep that much? Cats evolved to sleep so often because of a couple of reasons. First, they aren't in very deep sleep most of the time. They are "napping," which makes it much harder to sneak up on them or catch them while sleeping. But it also means they don't get as much energy out of it. Second, cats are hunters. They eat smaller prey, and they are pretty good at it. This means it doesn't take much time in the wild for the cat to actually find enough food to survive - they've got plenty to spare. Third, the kinds of animals that cats eat in the wild are only active for short periods during the morning and evening. This means cats only have to be active then, too.


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